Barcelona eye Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer swoop as Arsenal skipper’s contract runs down – The Sun

BARCELONA are plotting a summer move for Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to reports.

The Gabon international, 30, is out of contract at the end of next season so the Catalan giants are hoping they can take advantage to seal a deal.

According to the Sunday Express, Barca face competition from Inter Milan, though, for his signature.

Aubameyang is high on Barcelona's wishlist as they desperately look to bolster their attacking options.

Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez are both currently out as they recover from surgery so the addition of Aubameyang would be a welcome boost to kick-start next season.

Barcelona have also been linked with Inter's in-form striker Lautaro Martinez, who has a reported release clause of £94million.

So if Barca were able to land the Argentine, that could pave the way for Auba to join the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Ashley Young and Christian Eriksen at Inter.

The report adds that the offer of Champions League football at the Nou Camp could be a major factor in getting a deal across the line.

Thursday's defeat to Olympiacos saw Mikel Arteta's side crash out of the Europa League – a back-door route into the Champions League – and now they must hope for a dramatic end to the season if they want to return to the top table in Europe.

Arsenal are naturally very keen to convince Aubameyang to stay at the Emirates and want him to sign a contract extension.

But the news of a £27m loss for the club for the 2018/19 season just after their European exit could cost them £60m will do the Gunners no favours in their hopes of securing their talisman's services beyond next season.

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